Perhaps it’s my old age, or maybe my schedule, or perhaps there’s an anomaly in the space/time continuum, but this month is FLYING By. Nerdvember is half over and it really seems like it just started. I remember being a kid and about now was when time itself passed so slow it was functionally immeasurable, what with Christmas so close. There’s no time to waste, get building!
It’s here, Nerdvember is here! It’s time to break out the Nerdly instructions and get the creative juices flowing for BrickNerd’s annual building contest! We want you to build our mascot Nerdly, but not just any Nerdly, we want to see you get creative with him.
The theme this year is Video Games. Everything from the glorious first days of Pong to the incredibly popular Fortnite, and chunky 8-bit to millions of polys. We want you to find inspiration in all the wonderful pixel-based-time-wasters of the last four decades. Yes, it’s been over forty years of blips and boops and sore thumbs, and who knows how many thousands of games. We think you’ll agree there’s a whole lot to inspire some amazing creations and you have a whole month to build.
Just join the official Flickr group, blow on the cartridge, grab a joystick and start building, you have until midnight November 30th to enter as many times as you like. And just like past years we have an amazing group of sponsors with loads of awesome prizes. There's a Brick Loot box, lighting accessories from BrickStuff, a clock and watch from ClicTime, custom parts from Crazy Bricks, a subscription to BrickJournal, cool stuff from Brickmania, stickers from Cooper Works, custom printed bricks from EclipseGRAFX and to top it all off some of the brand new Overwatch sets from LEGO!
Must submit to official Flickr group no later than Nov 30th 11:59pm PST
Enter as many times as you like
Please submit no more than two pictures per MOC
Tag your pictures with "Nerdvember"
Must be physically built, no digital models please
No age limit, but if you’re under 18 please ask your parents
No scale limit, build as big or small as you like
No knockoff brands (Kre-o, Mega, etc.) but third party accessories are OK (Brickforge, Brickarms, Brickstuff, etc.)
Stickers are allowed
The theme is Video Games, but you don't have to follow it if you don't want to, build whatever you want, just make it nerdy.
Download free instructions for Nerdly at bricknerd.com/diy-fanart
Winners will be featured on BrickNerd and there will be three prize packages of various levels of awesome, first second and third. No special categories or funny business, just 1 2 3. Prizes will be shipped directly from the sponsors starting in December. LEGO prizes will ship in January. Judging will be done by a small, secret committee, their word is final.
Hey all you nerds, we've compiled all the results and the votes are in, we have our 2017 Nerdvember winners. There were so many awesome entries this year, and it was very difficult to narrow them down to three. But here they are in order...
In first place: NerdTron by Oky - Space Ranger
Like every year we can always expect the heavy hitters at the last minute, and every year I'm blown away. I didn't see this entry until I woke up the next morning, and the grin was ear to ear. What a fantastic mashup of Nerdly, Voltron and iconic vehicles of the 80's, well played sir, well played.
In second place: Bob Ross by Palixa And The Bricks
This was no "happy accident". Bob Ross taught millions to paint, and inspired this brilliant entry. And if the name sounds familiar, it's because Palixa And The Bricks won second place last year as well (always the bridesmaid...).
In third place: Nerdis Brickler's Day Off by Ochre Jelly
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is an all-time favorite movie of mine, and is there anything more quintessentially 80's? It's one of those movies that you start watching no matter what scene it is. Bueller...Bueller....Bueller...
I wish I could send prizes to everyone that entered, you're all amazing. But these entries got a lot of votes too and deserve to be acknowledged.
I'd like send a huge thank you out to the judges this year. There were so many amazing entries it was NOT easy to narrow it down, they did not have an easy job and I appreciate their time. And of course it's not much of a contest without prizes so I'd like to send totally tubular thumbs up to all of the sponsors, you're rad!
Thank you all for a totally bitchin' Nerdvember, see you next year!
Last night at midnight, while visions of sugarplums danced in my head (not really, I don't even know what a sugarplum is), Nerdvember came to an end. There are some absolutely amazing entries, and I don't envy the job of my judges. Stand by for the winners, I'll announce them Monday. Thank you all of those who entered!
Yes, as you can see by the countdown clock above, your time is running out builders. But I can tell you from experience there's still time to build and enter. Need some motivation? Take a gander at these prizes from LEGO, one of our sponsors. These and a slew of other prizes from all of our awesome sponsors could be yours. So put some great 80's movie on in the background and get building!
Hey all you 80's fans, you only have one week left to get in on the Nerdvember action! We're giving away some awesome prizes including the Ghostbusters Firehouse, Snowspeeder and Speederbike from LEGO, lights from Brickstuff, books from No Starch, printed bricks from CustomBRICKS and EclipseGRAFX, clocks and watches from ClicTime, a subscription to BrickJournal, Stickers from Cooperworks, custom parts from CrazyBricks and a Brick Loot box! There's been some awesome entries so far, what will you build? Contest ends Nov 30th at midnight, get building!